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Using data for equitable climate action

The Community of Practice (CP) supports community-based leaders and city staff using the GEM platform who are committed to learning more about how data and mapping can advance climate equity and environmental justice goals.


Monthly workshops, network building, and resource sharing help users learn from each other and build productive relationships between communities most negatively impacted by climate change and city governments.

Through peer consultancy, leadership, and participation, Community of Practice members develop skills and troubleshoot challenges creating solutions for racially equitable climate action.

GEM Process Guide: For Cities and Communities Developing Shared Analysis of Equity Maps

Collaboration between local government and communities impacted by inequities are key to transformative climate and equity outcomes. Cities that invest in community partnerships and participatory planning have a greater capacity for practical climate solutions than cities where partnerships do not exist. To prepare for and address the impacts of the climate crisis, city staff and leaders from frontline communities must build strong working relationships.


Upright Consulting Services convened a national team of practitioners to develop the GEM Process Guide which should be used together with the equity maps. The national team of practitioners came from an extensive background in city government, community organizing, participatory action research, energy efficiency policy, and facilitation. 


Rosa Gonzalez (Facilitating Power) led the creation of the Process Guide for cities to work with communities by developing a shared analysis of equity maps. Download the guide to learn more about how it supports city staff in collaborating with community organizers to implement inclusive processes and programs based on the equity data produced by GEM.


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Upcoming Events

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Minna Toloui & Sharanya Madhavan
February 16, 2023 at 6:00:00 PM

Please join us on February 16th at 1pm EST/10am PST for the next Interactive Workshop where we will be unveiling the newest indicator in the Greenlink Equity Map: Redlining. Greenlink Analytics' own equity Data Scientist, Sharanya Madhavan, and Upright Consulting’s Minna Toloui will share important background on redlining and lead an interactive workshop using the Greenlink Equity Map (GEM) to visualize how past injustices continue to impact our neighborhoods today. In this Community of Practice workshop you will have the opportunity to work with the redlining indicator before anyone else!

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Meeting Archives

How the Inflation Reduction Act Can Improve Equity in our Communities
October 27, 2022

Kenneth Sercy & Samantha McDonald

There has been lots of talk recently about the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), but what does it mean for energy and equity work on the ground? Energy experts Kenneth Sercy and Samantha McDonald share their insights on what the IRA means for cities, community-based organizations, and the environment., and funding opportunities coming available.

GEM 2.0 Recap and intro to Urban Heat Index
July 21, 2022

Angelica Chavez Duckworth, Greenlink Analytics
Sharanya Madhavan, Greenlink Analytics

Our latest version of the Greenlink Equity Map has lots of bells and whistles, including the Urban Heat Island Index. Watch to learn more.

Translating Data into Action
September 22, 2022

Lakeshia Wright

Data expert Lakeshia Wright discusses how to translate data into action and engage residents for advocacy.

Building City-Community Partnerships Around Data
June 23, 2022

Minna Toloui, Upright Consulting
Rosa Gonzalez, Facilitating Power

Rosa Gonzalez, Facilitating Power, places power back in community member hands as vital participants in the policy-making process.

The Supreme Court's Ruling on the Clean Power Plan
August 25, 2022

Frank Rambo, Southern Environmental Law Center

Frank Rambo, Southern Environmental Law Center, shares details of the new ruling and its implications for states and community based organizations.

GEM 2.0 Coming Soon!
April 21, 2022

Angelica Chavez Duckworth, Greenlink Analytics
Sharanya Madhavan, Greenlink Analytics
Diamond Spratling,
Greenlink Analytics
Matt Cox, PhD, Founder & CEO, Greenlink Analyics

Experts share the new and improved features of the Greenlink Equity Map 2.0, which include tree cover, transportation burden and an equity index.


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